'Pay GPs and pharmacists to work together'

Closer working between GPs and community pharmacists could help to save lives and may prove to be more cost effective for the NHS, according to a report by the School of Pharmacy.

The report highlights the vascular checks programme as an area where effective coordination and targeting of complementary GP and pharmacist services is needed.

The report recommends that closer working is achieved by creating shared financial incentives which reward both pharmacies and GP practices when they work efficiently together.

Study author Professor David Taylor, from the School of Pharmacy, warned that unless GPs and community pharmacists work together, counter-productive rivalries will leave patient needs unmet and the professionals involved vulnerable.



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